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(WEAA) Neo-Soul singer, songwriter India Arie with her positive self image lyrics has empowered many women and girls of color. 

 Multiple Grammy Award nominations with four wins, India's songs have become today's movement music, including a tribute to civil rights pioneers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and others. Hear her story!


(WEAA) Motown's voice of the 60's, known for notable duets with Marvin Gaye.

Hear Tammi Terrell's story on "Spotlight on Women in Music" with Mykel Hunter.



(BALTIMORE, MD) In this week's "Spotlight on Women in Music", Mykel Hunter is honoring the London-based singer- songwriter Lianne La Havas. 

For more on Lianne La Havas, click here. 

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

Dec 29, 2020

In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their genres.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the many beloved figures who died in 2020.

The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement.

Basketball great Kobe Bryant died in a January helicopter crash at age 41, actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in August at age 43, and soccer great Diego Maradona died in November at age 60.

In this week's "Spotlight on Women in Music", Mykel Hunter is honoring singer, songwriter Gloria Estefan.

Jay-Z's Roc Nation forms book publisher with Random House

Dec 15, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after publishing his memoir “Decoded,” Jay-Z is forming a more lasting partnership with the book industry.

Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, is starting an imprint with Random House called Roc Lit 101.

In a joint announcement Tuesday, Random House and Roc Nation promised “books at the dynamic intersection of entertainment and genre-defying literature.”

Spotlight on Women in Music: Kamala Harris

Dec 9, 2020

In this week's Spotlight on Women in Music, we are honoring Vice President- elect Kamala Harris.

The Marc Steiner Show brings you a conversation from the archives: host Marc Steiner speaks with Gyasi Ross, father, writer, artist, attorney, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian. Steiner and Ross talk about the life and politics of America and racism, from the perspective of a Native American artist and activist.

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The room hushed as over 500 women of all ages, mostly African American, held their breath and watched Taraji P. Henson emerge from the curtains onto the stage of Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History this weekend. Tickets to see RAH were one of the many premiums offered during the WEAA 88.9 Fall Membership Drive last week. 

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Marc Steiner interviews one of Baltimore’s treasures, visual and performing artist Joyce Scott, who was granted a 2016 MacArthur Genius Fellowship! She discusses growing up in Baltimore, and what it means to be a working artist.


Pantheon of historic icons and Avenue regulars above Crazy Mart
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Teens in Art @ Work add murals and mosaics around The Avenue.

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Gregory Thornton, who will soon be replaced as CEO for Baltimore city public schools.
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